- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - After having four children, Megan Haggerty wasn’t new to motherhood - and like most moms thought she’d probably seen it all, right up until another pregnancy brought some surprising news that no one could have seen coming.

Triplets.

Three boys, born nearly a year ago, were something that neither Haggerty nor her fiance Clyde Bodge could have ever imagined would happen to them.

Haggerty was the first to get the news, during an early sonogram when the technician gave her a funny look, she said.

That was because the test showed three fetuses, news that she was eager to share with Bodge, who was home at the time watching their other children.

“He was kind of sleepy and at first didn’t seem to understand what I was saying, but then he was wide awake and had lots to talk about,” Haggerty said with a chuckle.

Fast forward to Dec. 27, 2013 - that’s when the babies made their appearance, with Clyde (weighing 4 lbs., 2 oz.) arriving first at 11:57 p.m., followed a minute later by Matthew (3 lbs., 15 oz.) and another minute later by Thomas (4 lbs., 15 oz.).

They joined three children from Haggerty’s previous marriage - Mackenzie Fairchild (10), Ellie Fairchild (8) and Addison Fairchild (6) - as well as 2-year-old Charlotte Bodge.

While it’s not always been easy, Haggerty said her older children quickly grew to love their siblings - even Addison, who had to share her Dec. 27 birthday with them.

“She was a good sport about it, even though instead of us being home to open birthday presents with her it turned out I was in the hospital giving birth,” Haggerty said.

Triplets were never a consideration during any of her pregnancies, not until the fateful day she learned multiples were on the way.

“Twins run on both sides of our families, but not triplets,” Haggerty said.

It must be true, because Haggerty is now pregnant with twins due July 25.

“As you’ve probably guessed, this was a surprise too - to have twins after having triplets,” said Haggerty, who never imagined herself having a large family.

Days are now more hectic than ever, especially since she averages 3 to 4 hours commuting to her job as a new patient intake coordinator in a psychiatrist’s office.

Some days, she arrives after they’ve been put to bed for the night and that’s no fun.

It definitely helps that Bodge is a stay-at-home dad, although he will also be much busier when the twins arrive in July. That’s especially true since the couple have no family or close friends who live in the area and might be willing to lend a helping hand as needed.

Still, she takes it in stride.

“After I had my third child, I was concerned that I didn’t have enough arms. But when you reach these numbers, it’s like, oh what’s another one or two,” she said.

Although the couple formerly learned their babies’ gender before they were born, things may be different this time, Haggerty said.

“Because either way, we know how it feels to have boys as well as girls and it will be just fine,” she said, joking that the couple will soon need either a large van or small bus to transport their family.

There are some other things they could use, if anyone would like to donate items like cribs and swings, as well as diapers and wipes, of course.

“I definitely need some maternity clothes. I donated all of my old maternity clothes, and all of my work clothes are already getting quite uncomfortable,” Haggerty said.

“We could also use swings we gave those away to friends, and cribs because even though we have three, the boys will still be using them for a while,” she said.

Reality is setting in, once again.

“When I really stop and think about it, we will have five kids in diapers - holy moly!” Haggerty said.

Anyone wishing to donate items to the family may contact them at [email protected]

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Information from: The Journal, https://journal-news.net/

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